December 18, 2011

Islanders Second-Half Comeback Falls Short to Mustangs, 73-64

DALLAS – Despite a second-half comeback and three players scoring in double-digits the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (4-8) women's basketball team fell to Southern Methodist University (6-4), 73-64, Sunday at Moody Coliseum. The Islanders trailed by as many as 20 but cut the deficit to three with 4:02 to play in the second half behind 6-of-9 three-pointers.   

Senior Myeisha Myles paced the Islanders with her sixth double-digit scoring game of the season with 17 points and junior Verne'qua Taylor posted a season-high 13 points and dished out eight assists. Freshman Trish Amboree added 11 points, including 3-of-5 from three-point land.

The Islanders shot 41.9 percent from the field (26-62), 50.0 percent from behind the arc (8-16) and 44.4 percent from the charity stripe (4-9). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's rebounding came alive in the second half, after trailing 26-13 on the boards in the first half, the Islanders outrebounded the Mustangs 25-16 in the second half. The Islanders scored 22 bench points to the Mustangs 17.

The Mustangs were also led by three players in double-digits. Alisha Filmore posted 29 points, including 7-of-11 three-pointers in 38 minutes of play. Akil Simpson and Christine Elliott each chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds apiece.  

After trailing by 18 at the half, the Islanders jumpstarted the second half on an 11-0 run with 14:34 to play. Taylor and junior Alisa Roberts scored a combined 16 second half points during the first eight minutes. Taylor hit two layups and a three-pointer and Roberts added two layups during the 11-0 run.

Roberts' three-pointer and Myles jumper helped cut the Islanders deficit to six with 11:32 to play. The Islanders momentum continued with a three from Amboree to bring the Islanders within five with 10:37 to play.

SMU answered with an 8-0 run before Myles hit a jumper and sophomore Brandi Huff added her second three of the season to get within seven. The Islanders went on a 6-0 run powered by Amboree's fourth three of the game and Myles layup from Taylor. Huff hit another three-pointer to bring the Islanders within three with 3:30 to play.

With less than three minutes to play, Filmore hit three of her seven three-pointers to cap the Mustangs scoring.

SMU opened the game by making all five of their shots from the field. Taylor got on the board first for the Islanders with four points but the Mustangs extended the lead to 16-4 with 14:29 to play at the half on an 11-0 run. Taylor answered with a jumper at the 14:12 mark but SMU scored six straight points to take a 22-6 lead. 

Sophomore Taryn Gregory hit a three-pointer from the right wing from junior Imani Dunn with 11:22 to stop the 17-2 run. The Mustangs continued their running game with a 7-0 run to take a 29-9 lead. Gregory, Amboree and Myles added buckets as the two teams traded baskets back-and-forth and the Islanders cut the lead to 38-21 with a minute remaining in the half. Amboree hit a three-pointer and Myles added two layups and a free throw to close out the Islanders scoring at the half.

SMU took a 41-23 lead at the half behind 42.9 percent shooting from the field. Myles led the Islanders with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting and Taylor added six points and four assists. The Mustangs outrebounded the Islanders 26-13 at the half and capitalized on seven second chance points while making 4-of-9 from three-point land.

The Islanders will take a nine-day break for the holidays before returning to action, Tuesday, Dec. 27 to face Big Ten foe Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST).